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Old Two Harbors school coming down

Crews began demolishing the old two Harbors High School today, minutes after a state district court judge ruled against an effort to keep the building standing.

Crews began demolishing the old two Harbors High School today, minutes after a state district court judge ruled against an effort to keep the building standing.

In his ruling, Judge Mark Munger found that Lake County resident Jay Cole and the group Concerned Lake County Taxpayers did not have legal standing to gain an injunction against the demolition.

Munger also ruled that any additional legal efforts by the plaintiffs to stop demolition could lead to legal sanctions.

Cole and others had claimed that the school district was squandering taxpayer money by demolishing the building and not selling it, and that the district's effort to sell the building was half-hearted.

District officials have said they tried for four years to sell the building with no firm offers.

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The Lake Superior School Board voted March 13 to tear the building down to avoid ongoing liability issues. The 70-year-old building was considered obsolete and a new high school was built in 2003. Demolition is expected to take about six weeks. Much of the material will be recycled.

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